Former Liberian leader, Taylor to spend 50 years behind bars

By Prince Ofori-Atta
Posted on Thursday, 26 September 2013 12:11

Charles Taylor’s 50 year-prison sentence was upheld on Thursday after he appealed a 2012 conviction by the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL).

After seven years battling with the courts, Taylor was found guilty of aiding and abetting Sierra Leone rebel group Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in a terror campaign.

The 65 year-old former rebel leader was found guilty of 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, among other crimes including rape.

SCSL was relocated in 2006 from Freetown, where the court’s headquarters is based, to Leidschendam, a suburb of The Hague for security reasons.

The former Liberian leader provided weapons, ammunition and other logistical support in exchange for diamonds. He also used child soldiers.

Sierra Leone’s civil war lasted for 11 years, leaving over 50,000 people dead and several thousands with mutilated limbs.

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